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There’s An App For That!

January 8th, 2010

The holidays are over and we’re back to the daily grind of work and school. Did Christmas get the best of you? If you are typical, you had a few unplanned events. Maybe Aunt Mildred’s family were a last-minute show for Christmas, and you had to run out and buy a few unplanned gifts. Pehaps you bought that special someone a flat-panel, Hi-Def TV, then at the register you were suckered into overpriced HDMI cables and an extended warranty. Days later you look at your account balance and wonder how you spent so much! No worries you think, because, in Ceasar’s infinite wisdom, he purposely planned a day of renewal and redemption a mere week after Christmas — New Years Day!

Unplugged: New Years Resolutions

So just as you promise to shed extra pounds due to all the cookies and egg nog you consumed (purely hypothetical situation! LOL), your New Years Resolution is to cut out the fat in the household budget. But New Years landed near a weekend, so you didn’t get a chance to grocery shop. Now you’ve eaten out for lunch all week and wonder if this New Years Resolution is sinking faster than the Titanic!

There’s An App For That!

You can’t achieve a goal by merely stating the preferred end result. Goals need specific application to be successful. In this upcoming series, I will provide common-sense, tangible ideas to help curb your enthusiasm for spending in key areas of your budget. Starting next week we will work on the Food App, with my two-part review of The Grocery Game.

Tell me — What is your biggest budget buster? Food, sports, child’s activities?? Let me know a bit about your biggest budget buster in the comments below and we may address it in a future post.

– for more info, read one of my prior posts on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.

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ATTN DishNetwork HD Customers: Save $10/Month

September 16th, 2009

DishNetwork HD Platinum Package FREE

Satellite Dishes by redteam.While recently surfing the outer-banks of the Internet, I found out that DishNetwork was now offering their HD Platinum package for free if you subscribe to a Classic Package + HD.  Here’s a list of Platinum HD channels: 

  • HD Movie channels MGM-HD, Universal-HD, and HDNet Movies
  • Sports channels NBA-TV HD and NHL HD
  • A&E’s Crime & Investigation HD
  • FashionTV HD
  • BET Jazz HD
  • MavTV HD
  • World Fishing Network HD. 

I don’t know about you, but if my fishing shows aren’t in HD, it’s just not worth watching :)   What’s next — a Frisbee Golf HD channel?  Perhaps Bocce Ball HD?  But I digress..


7 Steps to a Lower DishNetwork Bill

If you already have a Classic Package + HD, you can immediately save $10/month on your bill by calling DishNetwork (800) 333-DISH, or just go online and do it right now!

  1.  Sign into your DishNetwork account and click on the Programming link.
  2. Under the HD Programming options, uncheck all of your current HD package(s).
  3. Click the “Review and Order” button to verify your HD package(s) were removed.
  4. Click on the “Back” button at the bottom of the page.
  5. You should now have a new “HD & Platinum” as an option for $10.  Select this as your HD programming option.
  6. Click the “Review and Order” button to verify the combined “HD & Platinum” package was added.
  7. Click on the “Order” button to finalize.  Your ‘new’ programming will take effect within a matter of minutes!

 There’s a great thread on this topic at High Def Forum, including comments from an off-duty DishNetwork employee.  Continue to enjoy your HD programming with a slightly larger bank account!

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I’ve been away from the blog for quite a while, but there’s no time like the present to get more content out there!   I look forward to putting out more informative (and maybe even slightly entertaining!) content — oh yeah, and do it more consistently, too!

photo by redteam

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